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Russia completes nuclear fuel shipments to Indian NPP

RIA Novosti

26/06/2008 12:29 NEW DELHI, June 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has completed the shipments of nuclear fuel for the first unit of India's Kudankulam nuclear power plant, a source in the Indian nuclear power sector said on Thursday.

Russia is contracted to supply nuclear fuel for two reactors at the nuclear power plant it has been building in the southern Indian province of Tamil Nadu since 2002. The spent fuel will then be re-exported for processing.

The amount of nuclear fuel shipped by Russia will be sufficient to load one reactor, the source said.

Atomstroyexport, Russia's nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly, is building the nuclear power plant in line with a 1988 deal between India and the former Soviet Union.

The company has already supplied over 83% of equipment specified in the contract to Kudankulam, including two VVER-1000 pressurized water reactors with a capacity of 1,000 MW each.

There are currently 17 operating nuclear reactors in India and the country has announced plans to build six more in the future.

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